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Massachusetts DOT seeks Corps of Engineers permit to discharge fill to replace bridge culvert in Framingham

Published Dec. 9, 2014

CONCORD, Mass. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation – Highway Division (MassDOT) is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District to conduct work in waters of the U.S. in conjunction with replacing a bridge culvert in Framingham, Mass.


The proposed work involves the discharge of 858 square feet of fill material below Ordinary High Water of an unnamed tributary to Beaverdam Brook associated with the replacement of the culvert (MassDOT Bridge No. F-07-032) conveying Route 126 (Hollis Street) over an unnamed tributary in Framingham. The purpose of the work is to replace the existing, structurally deficient culvert and headwalls with a new culvert and headwalls. The proposed work would replace the existing 48-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe culvert with a new elliptical 32-inch high by 50-inch wide reinforced concrete pipe culvert along the same alignment.


The new culvert has been designed to match the capacity of the existing culvert in its current condition, and is not expected to result in any change in flood elevations compared to currently existing conditions. The new culvert would extend an additional 28 feet in length compared to the existing culvert in order to accommodate roadway improvements. The existing stone masonry headwalls would be removed and replaced with new reinforced concrete headwalls. Stone would be placed at the upstream and downstream ends of the new culvert in order to attenuate flow velocities, ensure sediment stability, and protect the new structure. A layer of smaller stone will be included to provide additional stream habitat functions.


Although this project may have only minimal impacts and may be eligible for authorization under the current Massachusetts General Permit, the work is not expected to begin until after the General Permit expires on Jan. 20, 2015.  The applicant is seeking an individual permit to allow for a full five years in which to complete the work.


The application for the federal permit was filed with the Corps in compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which regulates the discharge or fill of material in U.S. waters, including wetlands.  The public notice, with more specifics on the proposed work, can be viewed on the Corps website at:  http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.


Public comments on this proposed work (file #NAE-2014-02199) should be forwarded no later than Jan. 8, 2015 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN:  Dan Vasconcelos), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA  01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Dan Vasconcelos at 978-318-8653 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: daniel.b.vasconcelos@usace.army.mil.

Tim Dugan

Release no. 2014-149